You know how some food brings back your childhood like nothing else can? These Sugar PoPs do it for me! Grandma made these for every Thanksgiving and Christmas and I
used still make myself sick off them because I end up eating too many – they melt in your mouth – they are SO GOOD and SO ADDICTING! Definitely not something you want to fix all the time – just for a special treat:)
Remember Alison’s March challenge and the swEEt movie she made encouraging us to visit our grandparents or people in assisted living homes? I took her challenge and made a special trip to see my Grandma and boy was it worth it! It is always such a joy to plop down on Grandma’s couch and just hang out. There is something so comforting about Grandma’s house. And of course it doesn’t hurt that I have the GREATEST, SWEETEST, MOST TALENTED grandma in the whole world! Grandma and my little girl have a special little bond that is so fun to watch. She just ADORES her! (That can be read both ways:)
So not only lucky for me, but LUCKY for you because I talked her into making some Sugar PoPs while I was there and I took notes and pictures so you can all make your own! It’s the only way because the recipe is all in her head:) Does your Grandma do that? “Just add a little of this and a little of that,” – well how much is a little? Now I know!
2 smaller bags or one large bag puffed corn – also called hulless popcorn
Put in a big soup or roasting pan and warm in oven while you make the syrup (grandma says she thinks this helps the sugar syrup coat better when it is ready to pour over the top)
4 sticks butter (2 cups)
2 cups sugar
4 Tbls. water (grandma says this helps the butter not burn on the bottom)
Bring to a low boil and boil softly for 7 minutes.
Turn off heat, then add 1 tsp. vanilla (grandma likes to dump a little more for good measure.:)
Take puffs out of the oven and pour syrup over puffs while stirring…
pour and stir, pour and stir until they are all evenly coated.
Then dump out on wax paper.
Let dry over night, if you can wait that long…we couldn’t! They will get crunchier and meltier (new word:) as they dry.
Magical memories may begin!
(Can you tell what day we visited? NO PINCHING! Grandma loves holidays, too!)
Now I can start the Sugar PoPs tradition with my kids – they are officially addicted!
I have shared one other NOT TO MISS recipe from Grandma,
It is after all, why Sam-I-Am changed his mind about Ham
It is THAT good!:)